Work Plan SC on CP 2015-2017

 

STANDING COMMITTEE on Community Psychology

WORK PLAN for the period 2015-17  

Introduction  

Building on the European Network of Community Psychologists (ENCP) and the later European Community Psychology Association (ECPA) this Standing Committee has a strong foundation from applied-  and research based Community Psychology. Bringing together dominant models of Applied psychology with Community based tacit knowledge will benefit  European communities facing the new refugee and economic crisis. To link scientific knowledge and community based knowing will help community building and social innovation. Recent developments in the field have demonstrated the need to integrate knowledge about community building and social innovation both from a scientific perspective and from the perspective of the practical experience of the community. 

Our aim is to develop a sustainable, value based Community Psychology, enabling people to adress the social issues underlying mental problems.

The overall aim of this SC was formulated by the Task force and developed during the previous work plan; To systematize the science-based knowledge and tools.  To develop teaching programs on community research and action and to develop an integrative competence model. 

According to the previous Work plan updated in 2015, the SC has gathered information about ongoing CP research, training and practice from 13 European Universities (Roehrle, 2015). A survey of locations and experts for community research and action in Europe done by ECPA.

A preliminary literature-based survey on competencies for community building and social innovation done by Task Force on Community Psychology. 

A survey on BA/MA-programs on Community Research and Action( CRA) in Europe, continued by the SC on Community Psychology.

We have provided a description of the Professional Competencies and an overview of definitions ofCP as basis for these competencies. This material will be edited into an Efpa publication for the ECP 2017. 

Results from these surveys indicate that there is a wide range of science based knowledge and community based knowing in European higher education institutions(HEI). The knowledge is spread not only among institutions but also among disciplines, and is poorly systematized and integrated in joint programs. Our Standing Committee will work to analyze  and evaluate the various experiences with existing CP Masters programs and collaborate with national CP Associations in 6 EFPA member countries.

We have ambitions to arrive at a broader description of a competence model, and develop guidelines for training in CP across Europe.

  

The Work Plan was based on recommendations from the EC to the GA in Milan, including that it should contain suggestions about;

  1. continuing the work on developing a competence model for CP as a basis for training in collaboration with institutions and universities teaching CP at graduate and postgraduate levels;  
  2. establishing a Knowledge Alliance between Partner Universities and Organizations as described in the draft application;
  3. developing guidelines for Training in CP and initiating a European Master of CP, affiliated to more than 3 major European Universities 
  4. consultation of the Board of Educational Affairs and the Board of Professional Development regarding the above-mentioned issues;  
  5. how to develop and strengthen the position and role of Community Psychology research in Europe;  
  6. issuing news releases, position statements and/or position papers on prevention and psychology, as to raise the awareness of psychologists, policy-makers, other professions and the general public about community psychology.


WORKING PLAN details 

Work plan Activities Time Member
a.Develop a competence model for CP as a basis for training at institutions and universities teaching CP at graduate and postgraduate levels Analyze results from our Survey and setting up a preliminary report.  Continuing the Survey by including data coming in. Prepare  report for the ECP2017 in Amsterdam Bernd, Nicholas 
b. Establish a Knowledge Alliance between Partner Universities, Organizations and social enterprises.Increase the knowledge base and tools on community building and social innovation for communities. Complete the needs analysis for linking community based and academic knowledge on community building and social innovation. Follow up according to the Erasmus+ Application goals and results. Prepare Application for 26.02 Wolfgang  & team
c. develop guidelines for Training in CP and initiate a European Master of CP, affiliated to more than 3 major European Universities  Consult the Board of Educational Affairs and theBoard of Professional Development regarding the Competence model, KA and future Master program. Contact the SC on work and Organizational Psychology Review at meeting in March Bernd, Wolfgang,Volunteers needed
d,1. To develop cooperation with other Boards on common issues, identify overlapping fields of interest, develop cross -over knowledge, groups or projects.  Consult other Boards and Associations within Prevention, Health Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Critical- and Political Psychology.Meetings with the Board of Prevention and Intervention, and contacts with the TF on Cultural and Ethnic Diversity. Network with other relevant Boards and Committees to note areas where guidelines and areas of joint work are needed.     April meeting in Bergen, Convenor meeting September 2016 Brussels,  Meeting -Shedules of other Boards Nicholas
d,2. Participate in the Working Group dealing with the European Migrant Crisis with one member nominated to this task Mandate with activities are being set up and lead by president Baptista;   “… to use our competence in trauma, grief, loss of community and adaptation to new life condititions…” To be announced Serdar
e. Develop and strengthen the position and role of Community Psychology Research in Europe   Analyze results from our Survey and setting up a preliminary report.  Cooperate with the European Community Psychology Association in planning the 10th anniversary ECCP Conference Review at meeting in March Rebecca, Wolfgang
f.Raise the awareness of psychologists, policy-makers, other professions and the general public about community psychology. Issue Press releases, position statements and/or position papers on prevention, community psychology and related fields. Participate at meetings and conferences to present and discuss Community Psychology issues.Contact editorial boards of European Journals to offer being member of these boards. Contact the European Psychologist to offer writing and editing a special Issue on Community Psychology.  Publish articles in International Journals of CP. Publish statements and comments, distribute news by CP list serve and newsletters, give interviews, engage in CP activities in their respective countries on behalf of the SC with purpose to inform about our activities. During the Amsterdam ECP2017, members will organize CP symposia and SC members will coordinate  CP workshops. Publishing deadlines,Presentation at Durban ICCP 27-30 May 2016 Caterina, Serdar, Nicholas,All 

 

Implementation; 

The SC will disseminate all information from ongoing activities using our dedicated slot available on the EFPA website www.efpa.eu  and aim to develop links to other CP related websites.  

Members are working to set up new communication media, such as a Twitter Account and a Documentary Film archive. One of the means to strengthen CP in Europe is by using efficient ways of communicating. Wolfgang will as Ecpa representative, be reporting from activities in our group back to the Ecpa. CP is becoming an emerging discipline in many countries, and members have underlined the importance of integrating our work into a European CP Diploma. 

The group is working to set up a list of CP contact persons from all EFPA member countries, with a mandate to coordinate activities requested by the SC. 

Members are travelling to Eastern Europe, to attend National Conferences as invited guest. 

Others will continue to network internationally and keep in touch with colleagues who are interested in Co- organizing CP events and Summer schools. 

The group should aim to publish two specific articles in 2016; one describing the values and concepts of CP based on the Survey, and another to describe a joint action of the KA.

If the KA application does not result in an Erasmus Grant, this collaborative work has value in building a future European standard of training in CP.  Some have mentioned the Horizon 2020 as an alternative ambition.

The issue of overlap between Ecpa and EFPA tasks has been discussed. This given the fact that some parts of our working plans have similar goals.  The groups Ecpa representative will collaborate towards the Ecpa president, and facilitate coordinating activities were this is relevant.